RESILIENCE - Chapter 5

HOW TO FOSTER WELLNESS DURING TIMES OF POOR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH

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Mental health is an important part of living a well-lived life. Unfortunately, poor mental health floods society. In fact, it is estimated that 7.6% of persons aged 12 years and older experience depression, and there about 47,173 suicide deaths a year. With these stats in mind, it is no wonder that we are currently going through a mental health crisis. More so, physical health is an equally important aspect of living a high-quality life. Although life expectancies are increasing over time because of advancements in medicine, many people still struggle with incurable diseases every day or are diagnosed with painful disorders that affect their daily lives. Because of this, it is important to foster wellness during times of poor mental and physical health. Of course, wellness may not treat or cure the underlying issue, but it might alleviate symptoms or allow you to comprehend the disease better. To help you foster wellness during these difficult times, here are some important strategies and techniques for fostering wellness. Before discussing these techniques, it is important to mention that none of these ideas are meant to replace medical advice or attention. Do not change any medications or take on new practices without consulting your doctor first. How To Foster Wellness For Mental Health Wellness, in terms of mental health, means actively trying to make your mental health better. If you are struggling with your mental health, it is important to be as optimistic and kind to yourself as possible. Remember that you are worthy and capable of growth, even if it feels like you are drowning. When fostering wellness for your mental health, it is important to listen to your feelings and thoughts so that way you can do what is best for your needs. Here are some ideas for fostering wellness for mental health: Start A Gratitude Journal: A gratitude journal gives you the opportunity to focus on things that you are thankful for. Even during times of poor mental health, there is always something that you can be happy about. Focusing on one or two things you're grateful for a day will help you to look past your negative thoughts and feel more optimistic throughout the day. Meditate: Meditation is the art of trying to sharpen your focus and mind. Meditation is a great practice for improving your mental health because it allows you to acknowledge your thoughts and feelings as they come to you but gently release them as the thought finishes. Say Positive Affirmations: Affirmations have been proven to help alleviate symptoms of poor mental health and increase optimism. Say positive affirmations that are tailored to your needs and feelings morning and night. You can either say the affirmations out loud or in your head. Talk To Your Connections: Your connections are there to help you when you need a friend. Talk to a well-trusted connection when you need to talk about your thoughts and feelings. Talk To A Health Care Professional: Talking to a health care professional can be one of the best ways to foster wellness for your mental health. Doing so will give you the opportunity to talk through your feelings and gain helpful and effective strategies for coping and working past them. Though these ideas may take a while for you to see an impact from, it is important to keep trying and to make them a habit. If you are having extreme difficulty with your mental health, make sure to talk to a health care professional. How To Foster Wellness For Physical Health Physical wellness has to do with your health as well as improving it, no matter your starting point. Depending on the health conditions or needs, the strategies you implement will look different from person to person. It is important to consult a doctor about what is best for your needs. Do not push yourself unnecessarily or cause yourself any pain. Instead, focus on pushing yourself to be just a little bit better than before so that you are challenged, but not defeated. Here are some ideas for fostering wellness for your physical health: Exercise: If able, exercise. Depending on your limitations or illnesses, exercising may be really restricted, potentially causing you to feel like you are not working out at all. Just remember to try your best and to be patient with yourself. If all you can do is walk a few steps, then walk a few steps. Then, celebrate yourself for doing it. Celebrating your accomplishment will improve your mental health and encourage you to continue working. Eat Healthily: No matter what physical illness you may be going through, you can always eat healthily. Make sure to eat healthy vegetables, fruits, and proteins. Doing so will fuel your body with proper energy that will help your body to protect and heal itself. Get Your Friends Involved: Improving your physical wellness is difficult when you don’t have any support. Utilize your connections to make physical health fun and to hold you accountable. Sleep: Although it may seem obvious, make sure that you prioritize sleep. Sleep gives your body the chance to rest and heal itself. If you are having issues concerning your physical health, make sure to sleep an ample amount of time every night. Also, make sure it is quality sleep, meaning that you stay asleep throughout the night. Once again, these ideas for fostering physical wellness are not meant to replace medical advice. Do not push yourself past limits or harm yourself in any way.